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Common Misconceptions of Long Term Care Facilities: The Account of a Current Resident

By Lucia Maglio
Social Services Coordinator, Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor

There are many common misconceptions surrounding long term care facilities. These can be related to operations, cost, as well as the internal look and feel of the establishment. For one of our current residents of Saint Joseph Manor Personal Care, Dolores S., it was that the facility could never feel like home; and it would always feel like living in a ‘hospital.’ Read more

Helping aging parents from afar

by Robin Aspelund
Office Coordinator, Holy Redeemer D’Youville Manor

All my years of experience working in elder care notwithstanding, I can at times feel ill-equipped when helping my own aging parents. It’s not so much that I don’t know how to help; it’s that sometimes they won’t let me help. Read more

Join us for some big band fun!

***New Date!***

On Thursday, July 24, don’t miss the big band sounds of the Tri-County Band. This 50-piece band will whisk you back in time with the great sounds from the golden era of music. Since 1950, the Tri-County Band has been delighting audiences as “Bucks County’s Finest Concert and Marching Band.”

Image of the Tri-County Band website
Join us in the lower level parking lot at Holy Redeemer Lafayette on July 24th at 7:30pm. Bring a lawn chair and be ready for a fun evening of wonderful music. We hope to see you there!

Safety trumps all in our retirement communities

By Kelly Beckmann, MSW, LSW
Residential Services Coordinator, Holy Redeemer Lafayette

While security is something every senior is concerned about, living in a LifeCare community provides the peace of mind that there is a team of professionals both protecting and responding to all security needs.

Throughout Holy Redeemer Health System we have a saying: “Safety trumps all.” This is just as true in our HealthCare facilities as it is in our LifeCare communities. As we mentioned in a previous post, our teams of safety coaches conduct regular safety rounds to ensure things are in proper working order. But what about the safety of knowing our residents are secure within their homes? Read more

Focusing on safety in long term care

By Stephanie Messler,
Assistant Administrator, Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor

When transitioning a family member to a long term care community from home, there’s a lot on your mind. Often, the questions include: What can we bring? What shouldn’t we bring? Can mom and dad still attend family events?

When considering items to bring from home, always keep safety first in mind. Read more

Downsizing for retirement

By Joan Maher
Supervisor of Residential Activities, Holy Redeemer Lafayette

“Many people have a junk drawer, but I have a junk ROOM…and a garage…and an attic. My husband and I have been in this house for 38 years. The house is too big, it’s expensive to heat and I’m so tired of cleaning two and a half bathrooms. The time has come to retire and downsize- but how can I throw out these adorable Valentine’s that Johnny made 25 years ago…and where do I start?”

When families or retirees first talk with us about joining our LifeCare community, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to turn to downsizing. “What will we do with everything in the house?” they wonder aloud. Read more

When the move to assisted living leads to guilt

By Julia Regan
Personal Care Administrator, Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor

It can be very uncomfortable to do the thing that needs to be done for another person. That includes helping your loved one decide to move to a LifeCare retirement community, or having to make the decision for them.

When I was growing up, my mother used to share stories often about people she knew who were growing older and needed more help having to “go to a nursing home.” She would always finish her story with the message, “One mother can take care of ten children, but ten children can’t take care of one mother.” The seed of guilt was certainly being planted. Read more